Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Helloooo Strangers!

Well Hi There my Blogger friends, It's been a while but as usual there are lots of other things happening at Myrtle & Grace HQ. With 2 new retail outlets stocking some of the ranges they have kept me quite busy. Still popping along to the markets. Most recently was the Muddi Boutique Market in Wagga NSW, a bit of a commute for us... 6 hours to be exact (Felt more like 10 with all 6 kiddies in the car) But well worth the it especially with family and friends waiting at the other end. Miss Emily birthday approaches and this year we had a CRAZY idea, A challenge was set to organise a party using my face book friends and referrals. This party has turning into one huge extravaganza! Think warm spring afternoon on the lawn , high tea, warm spring colours and 12 little girls dressed in their finest to enjoy. complete with lolly buffet and seated afternoon tea. I compiled an image gallery for inspiration for me and for the people and business' supplying all of the goodies. The response was amazing! This is a little sneak peek of what we have been doing at home to start preparing. I have had this little dressing table in the shed for a while I found it on one of my Op Shopping days for a bargain price of $15 and just needed the motivation and reason to 'renovate' it into a shabby chic style. Miss Emily even got in on the act helping out, you will notice that she still has her helmet on- apparently painting id a dangerous job that requires protective head wear! I'm really happy with the end result and the little glass vintage handles i found at "provincial Home Living" really finished it off nicely. (Not pictured- yet)
 The little details...
 Inside... I'll use the drawers to hold the drink bottles for the party.
 Finished without handles
 My helper...
 With the protective head wear...
 Couldn't resist bring home these cute matching frames for a bit of a spruce up, a well spent 20c

 A little more rubbing back...
Could possibly be adding a tiny bit more distressing yet. But a great tip if you are going to try this to is NOT do too much at the start, you can always add more but it's harder to take the distressing off!
We have had a couple more photo shoots, of course with Celeste Vermeend from ourgirlyword.blogpot.com I had the opportunity to cut up a vintage lace wedding dress for a client and I am soooo pleased with it, was sad to see it go actually. But the "tea party photo shoot as impromptu as it was ended up being beautiful. The lace dress is pictured here with the Fairy Floss Pink Emily's tea party dress, custom dyed and exclusive to Millie Molly Moo in Portland.
The new Camilla style dress is now in production in a beautiful range of warm tones of peaches, pinks. I'm really enjoying having a play around with all the different dye baths. Colour blends and mixing my own "off the chart colours"
 Above are some pretty second-hand shop finds to use for the party and below are some cute little grass place mats made from fake turf from Bunnings and a cheap bunch of flowers again at the Op Shop- They are just LOVING me at all of the "locals" at the moment.
I made the place mats by cutting 25cm squares of fake turf. (Be sure to ask the person cutting it to make it straight) and hot glued the little flowers on. For about $1.30 each I'm sure they will be a prefect addition to the dining table at the party.
And last but not least some of the new "gift" range I have started getting a little bit of My next order will go in about 20th September and these cute back packs about 25cm high will be $19.95 each The picture is pretty average sorry, but they are Elephant, rabbit, black cat, duck, frog, pig, panda, turtle, ladybug, pink cupcake, white cupcake and strawberry. If you would like to order on please email me at groobiteam@optusnet.com.au. They will be here by mid to late October and in time for Christmas. Stay tuned on the planning of the upcoming birthday extravaganza! I'll be blogging more about party planning, and styling before and after.

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